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Global Landslide Catalog (Update 2017)

This entry contains updated maps generated for Glocal Landslide Catalog Aids View From Space, released on April 16, 2015

Landslides are among the most common and dramatic natural hazards, reshaping landscapes -- and anything in their path. Tracking when and where landslides occur worldwide has historically been difficult, because of the lack of a centralized database across all nations. But NASA researchers have updated the first publicly available Global Landslide Catalog (GLC), based on media reports and online databases that bring together many sources of information on landslides that have occurred. The GLC has been compiled since 2007 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and was originally released in 2010. Around 10,804 landslides are noted in the catalog for the period 2007-2017. This wealth of data gives scientists a starting point to analyze where, how and why landslides are likely to occur.

The catalog is currently available here:

Recently, a new model was developed to look at how potential landslide activity is changing around the world. A global Landslide Hazard Assessment model for Situational Awareness (LHASA) has been developed to provide an indication of where and when landslides may be likely around the world every 30 minutes. This model uses surface susceptibility (including slope, vegetation, road networks, geology, and forest cover loss) and satellite rainfall data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission to provide moderate to high “nowcasts.” For more information about this new model, please visit: New NASA Model Finds Landslide Threats in Near Real-Time During Heavy Rains"

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Visualization Credits

Lead Visualizer:
Helen-Nicole Kostis (USRA)

Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Scientists:
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC)
Thomas A. Stanley (USRA)

Lead Producer:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA)

Joy Ng (USRA)

Technical Support:
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Project Support:
Joycelyn Thomson Jones (NASA/GSFC)
Leann Johnson (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)
Eric Sokolowsky (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Dalia Kirschbaum and Thomas Stanley, Satellite-Based Assessment of Rainfall-Triggered Landslide Hazard for Situational Awareness, Earth's Future, Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2018, Pages 297-616, ISSN 2328-4277,

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Data Used:
Global Landslide Catalogue also referred to as: GLC
Database - GCMD - 2007-2017
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

DLESE >> Physical geography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Erosion/Sedimentation >> Landslides
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Natural Disaster
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Landslides
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Social Behavior >> Disaster Response

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version